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Plainfield Town Council approves theater renovations management

Plans are moving forward to redevelop the historic Prewitt Theatre into a dining and event space in downtown Plainfield. (Photo provided by the Town of Plainfield)

By Nicole Davis

At its March 22 meeting, the Plainfield Town Council approved a work order for professional services with Veridus Group, not to exceed $80,000, to manage the redevelopment of the historic Prewitt Theatre into a focal point that includes dining and event space.

Veridus will provide management of the assessment, predesign, design, planning, preconstruction and construction work for the renovation of the theater and the adjacent building in downtown Plainfield. The work should take 10-12 months to complete.

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the council approved a letter of intent with Keller Huff Restaurant Group to move forward on a proposed plan to renovate Prewitt Theatre. 

The historic theater was acquired by the town in 2018, and the town restored the historic marquee and conducted a feasibility study on the building. The theater opened in 1927 and was eventually renamed the Village Theatre until it closed in 2005. It’s sat vacant since. 

Keller Huff Restaurant Group approached the town proposing plans for an “upscale and unique but classic and casual” dining experience to Plainfield. 

Customers will be able to dine inside the old theater, on the rooftop or inside the old law office that will be transformed into the bar area. The theater space will be renovated into a lounge and event space to accommodate weddings, comedy shows, concerts, live music, business meetings and movies.

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